Campbell County Sheriff’s Office advises citizens of phone scam

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

Copyright: The Associated Press

RUSTBURG, Va. (WFXR) – The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a recent phone scam involving someone posing as law enforcement and advising victims that a relative has been arrested and they need to you to send money to get them out of jail.

Captain Sam Green with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has provided the following tips regarding scam calls:

  • Law enforcement agencies will never ask you for money over the phone.
  • Do not believe your caller ID. Scammers can fake caller ID numbers using a process called spoofing.
  • Spot imposters that claim to be from a government entity or charitable organizations.
  • Do not give out personal information and never pay with a credit card over the phone.
  • Hang up on robocalls.
  • Do not wire or make electronic money transfers to an unknown person.

“We are encouraging citizens to be cautious, and to protect sensitive information. If you answer a call like this, just don’t share any information with the caller, personal or otherwise. If you think a caller is falsely representing law enforcement, hang up and call us to find out if we need anything from you; we’re here to help, and keep our citizens safe from all predators – whether in person, or over the telephone.”

Captain Sam Green, Campbell County Sheriff’s Department

If you think you have been the victim of any kind of phone scam, you are asked to report to it to the law enforcement organizations below:

  • The Federal Trade Commission online or by phone at 1-877-382-4357.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (for spoofing) online or by phone at 1-888-225-5322.

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